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312 Ratings

Woman on the Run

Directed by Norman Foster
United States, 1950
Crime, Drama, Film noir


Frank Johnson flees police after becoming an eyewitness to murder. He is pursued around scenic San Francisco by his wife, a reporter, the police, and… the real murderer.

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Woman on the Run Directed by Norman Foster

Critics reviews

Norman Foster’s remarkable Woman on the Run (1950) bears the unmistakable influence of Foster’s mentor Orson Welles — its abrupt, baroque, labyrinth-of-shadows palate is nearly as dense as Welles’s in The Lady From Shanghai.
June 22, 2016
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The picture upends our expectations of the cynical wife in this noir landscape 0 she starts learning how much her husband actually loves her… It’s powerful and disarmingly moving that the picture’s finale occurs on what’s often representational of love: a rollercoaster, and Sheridan is so moved to see her husband that she screams his name with fear and love.
June 03, 2016
As good as Too Late for Tears is, I confess a preference for Woman on the Run. One reason is the phenomenal location photography of San Francisco and a couple of Los Angeles stand-ins that include the Santa Monica pier.
May 06, 2016
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